Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

08-13-08 Arrest in Robbery

08-13-08 Arrest in Robbery

    Boise, August 13, 2008 - Boise Police have arrested a man after he allegedly robbed a woman of a refrigerator she was trying to sell through a classified ad.

    Arrested: Gregory James Wells, 41, Meridian

    Charge: Robbery (F)

    What Happened: Boise Police were called to a home near Milwaukee & Emerald approx 8:48 p.m. Monday, August 11. The woman who lives in the home told officers she was robbed and beaten by a man who had come to her home to buy a refrigerator she'd offered for sale for $315 through a classified ad. 

    The woman says the man came to her home, where she lives alone, loaded the refrigerator in a pick up, and stayed for approx. 30 minutes talking. The man never paid for the refrigerator. 

    Suddenly, the woman says, the man began to beat her with a bookend. The man then left the victim's home with the fridge and several other items. When police and paramedics arrived, the woman, in her late 50's, was taken to a hospital where she was treated and released for head wounds. 

    The suspect was a stranger to the victim. However, she was able to give officers good leads. After some investigation, officers located the suspect and took him into custody at his home in Meridian late Tuesday night. He's currently being booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charge (Robbery is a felony with a penalty up to life in prison. The Robbery charge includes an element of force or fear). 

    Officers have located the stolen refrigerator and the other items taken in the robbery. Officers will return the items to victim.

    Crime Prevention Tip: Officers say inviting strangers into your home can always be risky. Officers advise citizens never to be alone when someone comes to your home responding to an ad. 

  • If possible, arrange to meet at a busy, neutral location.
  • Do not go, or be home alone.
  • Get confirmation of the person's ID as quickly as possible.